Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James have long been compared for their superb play and ability to dominate games, while playing the same position. Now that their teams are both leading 2-0 in their first round playoff series, their advanced statistics have once again been measured against each other.
Their player efficiency rating, true shooting percentage, and box plus-minus in their first two games in the postseason have been placed side-by-side, and the San Antonio Spurs forward’s show that he has been more efficient than James. Leonard’s production has received a lot of boost from his high shooting marks, especially in Game 2, where he shot 9-of-14 from the field and 19-of-19 from the free throw line.
First two games of playoffs:
Kawhi — 45.3
LeBron — 28.7
Kawhi — 85.6%
LeBron — 61.2%
Kawhi — 19.4
LeBron — 7.4
— Shane Young (@YoungNBA) April 19, 2017
The numbers may all appear to be on Leonard’s side, but the Cleveland Cavaliers star forward will definitely not mind seeing it, as what’s important for him is for the Cavs to win. James has also been impressive so far in the postseason and he stuffed the stat sheet in their last game with 25 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, four steals, and four blocks.
Statistics will always be there, but the two are veterans in the league, and both understand that the only number that matter to them at this point should be 16, which is the number of wins needed to win the championship.